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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following references is NOT made by Augie in the opening section of the novel?

2. In what year did the stock market crash?

3. How does Grandma feel about Augie working for William Einhorn?

4. How does WIlliam's wife feel about his frequent trips to the whorehouse?

5. Where was the Rosetta Stone discovered in the 18th Century?

Short Essay Questions

1. What lessons does Augie learn from the rich lawyer, Harold Mintouchian?

2. What quarrelsome love triangle does Augie have to sort out, even though he is not involved in it?

3. Who is William Einhorn?

4. Who is Talavera?

5. How does William feel about Augie's relationship with Mimi Villars?

6. How does William react when the stock market crashes in 1929?

7. How has Georgie's life changed in the time that Augie was living in Mexico City?

8. What job does Augie almost take working for Leon Trotsky?

9. What work does Augie do for the eccentric millionaire, Robey?

10. What lecture does William give to Augie after the break in at his pool hall?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Both Augie and Simon become romantically involved with wealthy families at various times in their lives. Describe the ideal of a "kept man" as described in the novel. Which March boy do you think is more of a kept man, Simon or Augie? How can you tell? Then, describe Augie's reaction to Simon's relationship with his wealthy wife. What does Augie admire about the relationship? What does he condemn? Explain whether or not you think Augie becomes hypocritical of Simon when he becomes involved with his own wealthy wife. What is the same about these two relationships? What is different? Is there anything unexpected or surprising in this comparison? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

While Augie is aboard the MacManus working for the Merchant Marines, he is one of two men who manage to live through the ship's sinking. Describe the way that Augie managed to save his life when all the other soldiers went down with the ship. Then, describe the way that Augie paid homage to the lives of the sailors lost at sea. To whom did he tell the sailor's stories? Finally, describe how Augie finally made it back to land after drifting in the water for days. What was Augie's emotional reaction to his homecoming? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Augie's relationship with Simon is one that took many turns during their adult lives together. First, describe the relationship Augie had with his brother Simon when they were young. Then, describe how that relationship changed as both reached adulthood. Choose two moments that you believe were turning points in the relationship between Simon and Augie and describe them here. How did these moments lead to the state of the relationship between Augie and Simon when the novel came to a close?

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